The past few years have turned into a golden age of Israeli TV of sorts. But if you are just sitting around waiting for another season of Fauda, give yourself a real introduction to Israel’s best TV series with these five award-winning Israeli series currently streaming exclusively on ChaiFlicks.
Here are some of the highlights
Continue reading below to learn more about your Israeli cousin's favorite series, now streaming with English subtitles exclusively on ChaiFlicks.
Television series exploring the Orthodox way-of-life have become wildly popular over the past few years. Unchained gives that genre the detective-drama treatment to stellar results. And did we mention it stars Israeli hunk Aviv Alush, AKA Noam from The Beauty and the Baker?
The series also deals with the very real subject of agunot: women who are bound in marriage by the laws of halachah, and whose husbands either might be missing or refusing to give them a gett — a divorce by jewish law.
As detective/Rabbi Joseph Morad (Alush) tries to resolve these women’s cases, he finds that a mysterious secret threatens to destroy his own family and marriage. In between Joseph’s detective work and family drama, Unorthodox sheds light on many of Israeli society’s fault lines, like the divisions between secular and religious Israelis, between Mizrachi and Asheknazi Jews, and the struggles facing religious Judaism in the face of modernity.
Watch Unchained starring Aviv Alush (of The Beauty & The Baker fame), now streaming exclusively on ChaiFlicks.
Most likely your Israeli cousin’s favorite comedy. Checkout, known as Kupa Rashit in Israel, is the country’s most popular comedy for three years running. With its ensemble cast and daily life shenanigans, it tackles Israeli life with humor, chutzpah, and sophistication. Think The Office in an Israeli supermarket — and Checkout is as funny as that sounds.
With life imitating art, the cast behind Checkout is a wonderful mix of established industry veterans with new rising stars, and dramatic actors alongside known comedians. Noa Koler, perhaps the most internationally-recognized name of the bunch, is known for her dramatic turns in series like HBO's Our Boys and Hulu's Rehearsals, which she also co-wrote.
Watch three full seasons of Checkout now streaming exclusively on ChaiFlicks.
Who knew Yeshiva boys could be this funny? Set in a prestigious Jerusalem yeshiva, The New Black follows four yeshiva buchors - yeshiva students - who’ve gone off the righteous path in search of the good life, laughs and a proper shidduch.
While most shows that tackle Orthodoxy are somber, The New Black is a laugh out loud comedy. Its four lead characters are both funny and clueless, and sometimes in profound search for truth — just like any regular college student, only dressed in all-black suits. Two full seasons are waiting for you to discover the Yeshiva’s funny fab four.
Watch two full seasons of The New Black, now streaming exclusively on ChaiFlicks.